Our blood contains blood cells and platelets, with the former playing a vital role in the body’s healing process. These platelets contain hundreds of growth factors that are beneficial in the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a premier healing treatment option with versatile applications to heal various medical issues. PRP plays an essential role in regenerating damaged or aging cells as a concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors.
PRP comes from the patient’s blood, and it contains a very high volume of platelets, growth factors, and inflammatory mediators. PRP therapy has various uses, including bone and cartilage regeneration, tissue regeneration, hair regrowth, and skin rejuvenation.
While platelet-rich plasma therapy has many applications, this article focuses on PRP therapy’s anti-aging and longevity benefits in dermatology.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy relies on the body’s natural healing resources by injecting under the skin or infusing topically a client’s blood platelets into specific skin areas. The concentration of the growth factors, i.e., the platelets in PRP therapy, can be 5 to 10 times higher than the usual distribution of platelets in the blood.
PRP is a natural repository of bioactive factors that have profound effects on the health of the skin. It is a safe, efficient, and fast method to treat wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes, and more. The PRP application can stimulate the rejuvenation of aged facial skin through the secretion of collagen and elastin, which thickens and tightens thinning skin. This stimulation smoothens wrinkles and fine lines, improving the overall skin tone and texture.
Introducing PRP into the target areas of the skin area helps to accelerate the replacement of epidermal tissue. The epidermal tissue is formed in the lower skin layers. As it is created, the tissue eventually moves up to replace damaged or dead skin cells in the outermost layer.
PRP injections rejuvenate photoaged skin in the target area and improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. They also amplify the normal cellular response to skin damage that efficiently rejuvenates the skin.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
As we grow older, factors like exposure to UV, pollution, and smoking start taking a toll on our skin. These and other factors cause the skin to lose its elasticity and glow. PRP regenerative therapy can be used for anti-aging effects and help you look and feel younger.
Here are seven benefits of PRP therapy for your skin when compared to other types of cosmetic skin treatment procedures:
#1. PRP is All Natural
The rejuvenation process orchestrated by PRP therapy is natural since no pharmaceutical chemicals, strong acids, or plumping agents are used in the procedure. The body will respond to the introduction of platelet-rich plasma the way it would have had an injury occurred, though in an accelerated manner.
#2. PRP is a Simple Procedure
Some skin rejuvenation methods are somewhat complicated, such as facelifts, laser surgery, or a deep chemical peel. PRP therapy is a simple outpatient procedure that does not require a lengthy recovery period. Clients can resume their normal activities as soon as the medical procedure is complete.
#3. PRP Increases Collagen Production
Platelet-rich plasma treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which is a huge advantage of PRP therapy since collagen plays a critical role in skin health. As we mature and age, our skin becomes thinner and wrinkles because our bodies produce less collagen. PRP therapy accelerates skin growth by stimulating more collagen, leading to more youthful-looking skin.
#4. PRP Has Long-Lasting Results
While PRP treatment takes several minutes to complete and 3 to 4 weeks to appear, the results are long-lasting. One to three treatment sessions are just about enough to last for a period of about 12 to 18 months. Undergoing multiple sessions will make the results last even much longer.
#5. PRP Has No Risk of Rejection
PRP therapy is a procedure that uses the patient’s blood, meaning there is no risk of contamination or plasma platelet rejection. The body won’t react to the introduction of PRP into the skin in any negative way.
#6. PRP Treats Delicate and Difficult to Reach Areas
PRP is highly effective for treating difficult to reach and treat areas such as the delicate below the eye area. This eye area is where most clients first notice signs of aging but where a laser procedure cannot be used.
#7. PRP is Non-Invasive
PRP treatment is a non-surgical procedure. The platelet-rich plasma extracted from the client’s blood is injected into the target area with a small needle.
What to Expect in PRP Therapy
If you decide on PRP therapy to treat signs of aging on your skin, then you can expect:
- Drawing blood – a small amount of blood is drawn from your arm, usually about 30ml to 60ml.
- Blood centrifugation – your blood will be placed in a centrifuge to separate it into layers. One of these layers contains a high concentration of platelets.
- PRP is either injected into the skin or infused with a micro needling tool – depending on the amount of skin work needed, a physican can inject PRP with a cannula dermal filler technique into deeper skin and under skin region, or your aesthetician skin specialist can introduce the PRP into the target area to be treated using a micro-needling device.
This entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Most patients find that PRP therapy can:
- Diminish wrinkles
- Plump up sagging skin
- Reduce acne scars
- Get rid of deep creases
- Improve the skin’s complexion
PRP treatment is growing in popularity as more and more clients give positive feedback on its benefits. This growing popularity comes as no surprise since PRP therapy has multiple benefits for patients who want to treat and revitalize their skin in a quick, safe, and efficient procedure.
Are you concerned about the appearance of your skin? Then platelet-rich plasma therapy is an ideal option for you. Contact us today to book an appointment with OWM for a consultation so that they can customize solutions to all of your skincare needs. We are experts who can make you feel better through having the skin that you have always desired.